Daredevil To Be Made For Binge Viewers

With Marvel’s proposed live-action “Daredevil” series going straight to Netflix in 2015, this will allow fans to do something that has become common in recent years – binge watching.

Production on the “dark and gritty noir”-toned new series kicks off this Summer, and Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada tells CBR that the studio and showrunner Drew Goddard are carefully planning out the program as a whole rather than just separate adventures:

“One of the advantages is really from the planning stage – obviously it’s much easier to work with a smaller number of episodes than it is with a larger number of episodes.

We can sit there and look at 13 episodes and plan it out as a very large movie. It makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier. You can’t deny that there will be binge-viewing. You know that there are going to be some Marvel fans that when this show premieres, they are going to go on to Netflix, and they are going to sit there for 12 to 13-plus hours, and watch the entire thing all the way through.

Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV. With weekly TV, you sit there and go, ‘The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information.’ Whereas with Netflix, we might be able to hold onto a particular piece of information, because they may just watch it two hours later.”

Casting on the series is expected to get underway soon. In related news, filmmaker Joe Carnarhan spoke with Movie Pilot last week about the brief time he was involved with the proposed “Daredevil” film reboot back during the property’s final days at Fox. Carnahan talked about his proposed take on the character:

“What people don’t realize about the DD project is that the producers of the film got to me very late. They had a script that I read and I thought that while the action was wonderful, the story didn’t really have any additional bite.

I suggested a trilogy as follows. ‘Daredevil ’73’ ‘Daredevil ’79’ and ‘Daredevil ’85’ where I was going to do a kind of ‘cultural libretto’ and make the music of those eras a kind of thematic arc. So the first one would be Classic Rock, the second one would be Punk Rock and the third film would be New Wave.

The problem was, the option was almost set to lapse so we made an eleventh hour bid to Marvel to retain the rights for a bit longer so I could rework the script. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. Marvel wanted the rights back. I don’t blame them.”